"This is a more narrow tool focused on specific therapeutic areas," says Katherina Holzhauser, assistant vice president of IS commercialization for Intermountain. "The market told us, 'Great, you have something for asthma, but we're interested in the broader population.' So we leveraged our understanding from the first tool, OutcomesMiner."
Intermountain's forward thinking (it started using computers to store healthcare information in the 1970s) has been a boon for researchers, but now has even more significance with the current focus on population health and value-based reimbursement.
"They've been collecting data and using it to improve care for so long … you can look at long-term trends," says Asif Dhar, managing director for DHI. "We found that the average, hospital systems that may have great data may not have all the tools in place for population health."
Dhar and Holzhauser both say that hospitals who sign up to use the tool will be able to better understand care patterns that lead to certain outcomes across a population of patients. The data that accompanies patient information is double-blinded to protect privacy, and includes 2.5 million records.
Intermountain's data is specific to its regional area, and there will be some variation, but Holzhauser says that shouldn't impede analysis from a provider that's hundreds or thousands of miles away.